Donate | Fosters reStore Local & Online Thrift Store



On Sunday, September 11th, 2022, the Racine area received over 10" of rain in about 10 hours. This unprecedented amount of rain in such a short time caused flooding in our store. We literally had a river running through the store. With more than 70% of the first floor being carpet, the water spread throughout 90% of the main level. Anything that was wood or touching the floor sucked up water for about 10 hours. 

We didn't lose a whole lot of inventory, but we did lose our entire cash register line including electronics, all our display cabinets, wood display shelving, and about half of our used furniture inventory. We do have insurance so we thought all was good. Until the morning of 9/20 when we received the call that the loss would not be covered. The water entered the building through the roof. However, the leaks and holes in the roof were not determined to be caused by the storm. The cause was improper maintenance and failure to upkeep the roof of the building. All the seams on the north end of the building's second floor were all worn out and separated. The extreme amount of water was too much for the damaged roof to hold. Thus, the water came in, found it's way into the wall, came down to the first floor, then spread out from there. Just like an indoor in-the-wall waterfall. 

Our losses won't prevent us from being open. We reopened the next day and shoppers came and browsed among fans and dehumidifiers, supporting us in any way they can. However, we cannot afford to replace the lost fixtures. After the pandemic, road construction, the fire, and now this, we've spent the last 2 years just playing catch-up. We know that the economy is tough right now and it's nearly impossible for most to donate financially. We ask that if you can't donate, please consider shopping or making a physical donation of clothing, home goods, etc. There's an extensive list on our website of what we do and do not take for donations. 

Fosters reStore is a division of My Foster Kids Foundation Inc. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide no-cost clothing to foster kids. We do this through our thrift store and fund the organization through the sales of items to the public. Our community relies on us and we rely on our community. Please help us continue our mission in the most effective and efficient way possible. All donations are tax deductible.

Fosters reStore was created by My Foster Kids Foundation, Inc. as the method to distribute no-cost clothing to foster kids and as the source of fundraising for operating the foundation. The store is doing great but some times it falls short. We operate on such a thin line that most times expenses outweigh revenue. This is where we turn to you for help.

Foster kids come into care with little to no clothing, most times only the clothing on their backs. That’s where we come in. We supply no-cost clothing to empower foster kids in this time of their life where they have no control, and to ease the financial burden on foster parents as they care for these children. And kids grow, and grow fast. We also take care of the ongoing needs of foster children while in care.

Our generosity doesn’t ever end. If a child is adopted while in foster care, we will continue to supply that child with the clothing and items they need as they grow with their new family.

We can’t do this alone. We need your help. Any size donation is appreciated and will be used to restore dignity and self-esteem to a foster child by letting them choose the clothing they want, and the styles they want. No longer do they have to rummage through trash bags full of old torn, stained clothing. Please show you care and help the children with whatever you can.

Donation drop-off is available at ONLY our Lathrop Ave location.

Fosters reStore Donation Hours
2000 Lathrop Ave, Racine
Sunday thru Wednesday - NO DONATIONS
Thursday, Friday & Saturday - Drop-off 10am to 4pm

All hours are pending weather. If it's raining, donations will be closed.
Please follow the signs to the south side of the building to the Donation Drop-off Door.

Donations can be dropped off at our Racine location. We ask that all donations are cleaned prior to dropping off, and please do not donate broken or damaged items. We have to pay to have all the rejected items hauled away, which takes money from helping foster kids. Please be considerate and do not feel offended if we refuse your donations. And no, we can’t just toss them in our dumpster. We pay for garbage removal and do not want to pay to remove yours.

What we CAN take:

  • Clothing – All sizes from infant to adult. Clothing donations are best when in kitchen sized garbage bags. This makes them easy to manage and store. Please do not use boxes. We still take all non-clothing items below.
  • Purses and handbags
  • Scarves, hats, gloves & mittens
  • belts and accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Jackets
  • Snow Pants
  • Backpacks
  • NEW Socks & Underwear
  • Electronics (TV’s, radios, computers) NO TUBE TV’s.
  • Baby Cribs (NO drop-side cribs)
  • Baby Items (Playpens, pack-n-plays, strollers, bouncers, exersaucers, jumpers, etc.)
  • Bicycles
  • Small appliances
  • Large appliances with prior arrangements. Email with photos. NO Sofa/Loveseat/Sectionals
  • Small furniture (end tables, coffee tables, lamps, etc.)
  • Home decor
  • DVD/CD’s
  • Shoes
  • Picture frames
  • Large furniture & appliances - please take to our Sturtevant location ONLY.
  • Vehicles & Trucks
  • And much more.  Email with questions on what we can take.
  • Pretty much anything except for the items below.

What we CANNOT take:

  • Car Seats
  • Books
  • Stained or torn clothing
  • Smoke smelling or animal hair. We do not wash clothing
  • Bedding & Mattresses
  • Tube TV’s
  • Sofa/Loveseat/Sectionals/Recliners - NO EXCEPTIONS Please be respectful and do not drop off anything after-hours.

As much as we’d love to take everything, we just do not have the storage.  If you are unsure if we take a specific item, please call us at (262) 333-8414 before heading out to the store.

Please make sure all donations are clean and in working order.  We can arrange a pickup under certain circumstances.  Please email all items to be picked up to  All donations must be clean and in working order.